The initial stage of the project to redevelop Arthur Phillip High School into the first high-rise public high school in NSW is complete.
The new Arthur Phillip High School has capacity to accommodate 2,000 secondary students. The facilities incorporate flexible learning spaces with adaptable/moveable furniture and room configurations. The learning spaces are technology-rich to serve multiple learning contexts from large class groups to small clusters, providing better opportunities for collaboration and personalised learning.
The redevelopment and expansion of Arthur Phillip High School is the priority project to meet growth in secondary student populations in and around Parramatta. It presents a unique opportunity to construct a school centrally located in the heart of the Parramatta CBD. It will be a showcase for the delivery of multi-storey education facilities in response to metropolitan Sydney's increasing residential density.
Grimshaw Architects secured the design contract via an international design competition. Grimshaw has developed the final designs in association with BVN Architecture and the community.
The project delivers:
facilities that are readily accessible and flexible to meet the demands of an evolving curriculum in line with future-focused learning principles
flexible and well-connected teaching and learning spaces that enable a variety of teaching and learning practices
spaces that are engaging and supportive for students and teachers
technology-rich settings with an emphasis on mobility and flexibility
capacity to support comprehensive curriculum delivery with a full range of specialist teaching spaces
a healthy and environmentally sustainable environment
innovative, connected outdoor spaces that enable play and collaborative learning
refurbishment and adaptive reuse of all existing heritage buildings
a valuable connection with adjacent educational facilities including Parramatta Public School and the University of Western Sydney.
The project is being undertaken in stages:
Initial stage – learning spaces and facilities to open for Years 7 to 12 students for Day 1 Term 1 2020. This stage is complete.
Final stage – non-heritage buildings in the existing Arthur Phillip High School to be removed and converted into outdoor play areas (to be completed by late 2020).
The department is delighted to deliver this landmark education project for students, families and the broader community.
How can I get involved?
We are committed to working together with our school communities and other stakeholders to deliver the best possible learning facilities for students.
School community tours will be held during key school events in Terms 1 and 2 2020.
An opportunity for neighbours and the local community to view the new school will be organised in early Term 1 2020.